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More Than This by Charlotte
I liked more than this quite a lot, I found it interesting to read and keep myself busy with. I think that the person who wrote it was going through a difficult time because it was quite confusing and sad at some moments. I believe that it was meant to show you what life truly means and that you can’t take what you have for granted. It was also really exciting and had lots of bits that kept you on the edge of your seat. I rate it 4/5 By Charlotte Fryatt
Posted on: 10 Jun 2015



Apple And Rain By Charlotte Fryatt
I found this book really interesting and different to others that I have read before. I liked the layout and story line of this book. I also liked that it had real life problems not just book ones that typically find in books. I think that Apple is a strong inspiring character which pulled the whole book together and that Rain was just a little twist in this story but she was a very nice. Plus the mothers crazy attitude made you want to find out what she would do next. I would rate it 5/5 By Charlotte Fryatt
Posted on: 10 Jun 2015



The Cuckoo Song By Lily
Cuckoo song is about a girl called Triss who falls in a lake and wakes up in hospital, unable to remember anything. She desperately wants to know what happened that night and as the story goes on she discovers something horrifying about herself… Perhaps I used the wrong language there because Triss is Not Triss. She is a doll. A doll that has been given the real Triss’ memories. Not Triss doesn’t want to die, she wants to live, yet she doesn’t want the Real Triss to die. I didn’t particularly like this book. Every night I read for about an hour and a half, and when I was reading that book, each night I felt I’d read a lot but it turned out I’d only read about twenty pages. Usually, a story has happy bits and sad bits and by having a mixture of these, an interesting and captivating story is created. However I don’t think Cuckoo Song had enough happy bits and for this reason I wasn’t encouraged to read more and more because I knew nothing good would happen. In other words the story was constantly in suspense. This could perhaps be seen as a good point, because that could just be the style of writing; the style where you are always on the edge. There were moments in the book that I did like however. I was intrigued to why the scissors fell on Triss in the dress shop and also to why she was so ravenous. Also, when she discovers the messenger bird delivering a letter and she manages to trap it, I wanted to scream at Triss to make it part of the deal that the bird shouldn’t trick her. This is good because the book obviously involves you and is thought provoking. Overall I would give it 3/5
Posted on: 05 Jun 2015



Tinder By Caitlin
Tinder was extremely boring. It didn't make sense at some parts and at others it was too gory. I guess the part where he could use wolves to get what he wants was okay....
Posted on: 11 May 2015



Buffalo Soldier By Caitlin
I think Buffalo Soldier was an okay book. It was a bit graphic with all the indians slitting throats and people dying and the rape etc. but otherwise it was pretty good.
Posted on: 11 May 2015



Buffalo Soldier By Ronnie
I think that Buffalo Soldier was a very good book and was well written, though some parts are a bit too graphic. The blood and gore can be a bit stressful and some of the ex-slaves abuse and rape was kind of distressing . Overall the story is really good and striking, the happy ending was a surprise but well deserved for the main character after the hardships she faced (spoilers). I loved the story though. **** stars
Posted on: 11 May 2015



When Mr Dog Bites By Andrew
This is one of my favourite books that I have read because it gave me a really good insight into the life of a person with learning difficulties, in this case, Tourette’s. I really like this book, as it is very meaningful.
Posted on: 08 May 2015



When Mr Dog Bites By Caitlin
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the twist near the end about his father. (But I'm not going to say because some people haven't read it!!) It's really helpful to get inside the mind of a boy with Tourette's to find out what sort of things they feel etc. 5/5 :)
Posted on: 08 May 2015



Tinder By Choniece
Tinder is a very bloody book suitable for people who like to read about death, killing and blood. However it is very hard to follow and is a bit boring.
Posted on: 08 May 2015



The Fastest Boy In The World By Choniece
The Fastest Boy in the World was a quite good book even though it was quite boring at some parts and I think the most interesting part was where his granddad has a heart attack and the bus breaks down.
Posted on: 08 May 2015



Buffalo Solider By Andrew
Buffalo Soldier is a very well written book that is very deep and sad at first but gets better as the story goes on. It was very realistic and sad, as she is not treated well at first. The plot is very good and detailed, with love, violence and historic facts as well in it. I really, really like this book as it is very interesting and well written.
Posted on: 08 May 2015



More Than This By Ronnie
I think this book was very good, it made you think about it, also thinking about the characters thoughts as well (It's complicated) I liked it, the futuristic idea of it and the idea that we NEEDED to go digital. It is a very thought provoking book, however the gay sex scene kind of put me off it (I skipped the chapter). ***** stars
Posted on: 08 May 2015



The Cuckoo Song By Alyx
Triss is an 11-year-old girl who wakes up one day from an accident to find out that she has changed. She can't remember things. Pages from her diary are missing and she feels hungry all the time. Her little sister pen is terrified of her. And when she cries, cobwebs fall from her eyes. The opening chapter is quiet nightmarish and almost disorienting as Triss is lost in events she doesn’t quite remember. The disorienting feeling goes at about the 7th chapter but comes back near in the last hundred pages this is because a lot of things are going on during the book and makes you feel confused I would give it 4 stars as it dose have a good plot
Posted on: 08 May 2015



Apple and Rain By Francis
Apple and Rain is about two girls, Apple, and Rain. It is about how they cope living with their mum who isn't great at looking after them. It is written in first person from Apple's point of view. Apple is quite a bossy character, her mum says she is like a strict teacher, firm but fair. Generally she is calm but her temper does come out sometimes, especially with her little sister Rain. Rain is 10 years old, she also has a fiery temper but you see it a lot more than Apple, she strops at everyone, Apple, her mum and her nana. Apple's mum, Annie went to live in America to be an actress when Apple was young, Apple lived with her nana until one day her mum came home. Apple went to live in her mums flat and discovered she had a sister called Rain. Annie had lots of parties and no job. While Annie was trying to find herself a job in London and left her children at home for 2 nights, Rain went missing. My favourite character is Del, Apples friend from school, he helps her find Rain and at the end they end up going out. He adores Apple, and is funny and kind. The only reason I like Apple, the main character is because I feel sorry for her, and would not like to be in the same situation. I liked the book very much and my favourite bit is at the end when Apple realises she is in love with Del. the story has a good balance of different things, like romance, adventure, family issues and school issues. I don't really have a least favourite part of the book, I liked all of it but the books I always remember are the ones that make me laugh out loud or cry and this one didn't. I think to make this book even better someone would need to die. Frances Wade
Posted on: 08 May 2015



Ghost Hawk
It was an interesting storyline from an new pespective.n It was good...
Posted on: 02 Jul 2014



All the truth thats in me
sooo sweet I loved it !! very romantic n it nearly made me cry. Read it twice cos I loved it that much !! different to other books n it carries a very serious theme n story line .... I love Lucas !!!!!!!!!
Posted on: 02 Jul 2014



the bunker diary
I think that ‘The Bunker Diary’ is a brilliant read. It’s fast paced, thrilling and original. Despite the colorful language, it is an amazing book, with a great plot and characters. Its ending may not be for the sensitive, but it’s definitely worth reading.
Posted on: 04 Jun 2014



All the truth that's in me
I was recommended this book from a friend and she said it was really good. I found it a bit hard to get into but after a while I really began to like it. It was very interestingly written and had a nice storyline. It was a bit confusing at the beginning but later I began to understand the plot and the characters. The main character was exactly what I like in a character, she was strong and independent and eventually got her happily ever after. However, in my opinion, the ending was a bit cheesy and fairy tale in comparison to the rest of the book but that is down to personal opinion. 4.5/5
Posted on: 08 May 2014



The Bunker Diary
This is a clear leader in my eyes. Thrilling, fast paced, interesting and differently written. I just couldn’t put the book down and it only took me half a day to read. Despite the “colourful language” the book was appropriate for our age group and dealt with a very mature subject with a shocking but realistic ending. The language used was place appropriately and was not just there for the sake of it. It had a shocking story line and captivated me from the first word. A brilliant read! 5/5
Posted on: 08 May 2014



Blood Family
This was the first book I read and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought from the words blood family it was about vampires or something but I was completely wrong. When I looked at the blurb I became a bit uninterested but once I started to read it I began to really enjoy it. It was gripping, thrilling and entertaining. It was a bit boring in places but that was only very slight. I absolutely adore fantasy books but I was very surprised to find that the reason I liked this book so much is the fact that it was so realistic. There was no sort of cover up of the reality of the situation the main character and the writer handled the plot and the reality of the situation well. 4.5/5
Posted on: 08 May 2014



Blood Family
This book is a heart-breaking realistic book which is hard hitting and quite emotional. With some colourful language this book harsh reality of life and what really goes on behind closed doors. Tears may fall when reading this sad book. The story line is told from different people’s perspectives all the way through and this can get annoying as you just want to know how the main character is feeling. 4 stars
Posted on: 08 May 2014



The Wall
This book had a very interesting story line that can be related to in different parts of the world. It deals with racism and tough times in teenage lives in a way teenager’s could relate. It is quite slow paced and can get quite boring. There is good storyline but could have been told from a different angle to make it more interesting. 3.5 stars
Posted on: 08 May 2014



All the truth that’s in me
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it has a gripping storyline. It’s rather realistic with hard-hitting truths. The beginning was a bit confusing but as the story progressed it made sense. I think the ending was also a bit rushed and needed more added to it. This book is told in clever way and is a brilliant realistic book that gives a happily ever after eventually after a lot turmoil. 5 stars
Posted on: 08 May 2014



A Boy and a Bear in a Boat
This book is a easy read because of the language used and the size of the text. I think that it is for children in primary school rather than students in year 8.
Posted on: 14 Jun 2013



In Darkness- Matthew
In Darkness has really unfolded from the last time that I blogged. It is still really interesting. At the moment the leader of the Site Dread Wilme has got shot to pieces by the government army. Also,the people of Haiti gave him a Voodoo send off and the people went mad. It is good and I would recommend it for people aged between 12- 16.
Posted on: 14 Jun 2013



Maggot Moon
At first this book it confusin gbecause it keeps changing the subject but one hyalf way throught it all becomes clear
Posted on: 14 Jun 2013



Maggot Moon
I think that the story is really good when it eventually kicks in. From half way through the story is good and it makes you want to carry on reading, but the first half of the book is a little confusing because the chapters are very short and there is a new topic after most chapters. Overall it was a good story but the first half was too confusing.
Posted on: 14 Jun 2013



In Darkness
In Darkness is a clever book written by Nick Lane. It is about a boy in Haiti who is meant to be someone amazing with Voodoo, but he doesn’t like it. The boy is telling his story of Haiti’s violence and troubled past- which isn’t very nice. He used to have a sister, but she got stolen from his family. He is part of a gang and isn’t proud of it. Whilst he is telling his story, he is in a hospital that has collapsed in an earthquake. This book is good yet strange.
Posted on: 14 Jun 2013



Between the Shades of Grey
Between the shades of Grey is a book set almost as a diary. The diary is about a 15 year old girl who is deported by the soviets to work in labour camps. This is involuntary work and basically slavery. The story is about how the girl is affected by this and also about the consequences of it. I found some parts incredibly sad but some uplifting. I would give it a 5 star rating and am hoping there is a follow on as I was very disappointed when it finished, however it does give you an insight into the horror and evilness of some people.
Posted on: 21 Jun 2012



Between Shades Of Gray
Between Shades Of Gray is the story of fifteen year old Lina who, along with her innocent younger brother and strong mother is horribly taken from her home. After being transported like animals to Serbia, Lina is beaten, starved and forced to work. But Lina refuses to give up hope! Between Shades Of Gray is my favourite book of the collection because of the way people survive and learn to use teamwork. I also love this book because the terrible things that happened to Lina actually happened to people, not that long ago.
Posted on: 23 Jun 2011



My Name is Mina
'My Name is Mina' is a very strange but wonderful book. It's about a girl named Mina and she loves the night - she loves to listen to the owls and stare at the moon. She goes on an adventure into an old, abandoned mine rail where she meets many mythical people in a quest to find her lost father. He was dead but she believed she could bring him back. She lives with her mother and spends her days sat in the tree outside her house; with the birds. The book has a great ending and is a really great read. Out of all the Carnegie books I read this is by far the best... I loved it!
Posted on: 17 Jun 2011



A monster of a read!
A monster calls is an exeptional book and a lovely life story. It is about a boy called Conner. At first Conner is waking up in the middle of the night at 12:07 and is very distraught when he see's a monster in his back garden. Conner is pulled from his room and demanded to listen to three story's the first is about a prince, the second is about a vicor, the last is about an invisable boy that make's himself seen...
Posted on: 17 Jun 2011



My Name is Mina Book Review
My name is Mina is a fasinating book which makes you want to turn every page and get a clear idea what her crazy world is about. This glorious book is about Mina, a character from the awesome book Skellig. My name is Mina is the prequel to Skellig and details in about Mina's life. It is just set before the events of Skellig and is a must read if you have read and enjoyed Skellig! Personally I find this book really interesting and cevlerly written. I love how the word sometimes and spread accross the page as a purpose to express Mina's character. I'm sure you will enjoy it and goodbye!
Posted on: 17 Jun 2011



The Death Defying Pepper Roux? The Death Defying Pepper Smoux!
I thought this book was good, with a good story line, but to be honest I found it hard to get into! I didn't particularly like this book and I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover... But this books cover and blurb did it no justice! It was a bit complex and too many things happened at one time, but it did make me smile. Slightly far fetched and not much description on the characters. But I suppose that does make you think more. A bit too much to take in at one time, I found myself not been able to remember what happened last time I picked the book up! I didn't find it very interesting, but I suppose it's worth a read. 2/5
Posted on: 10 Jun 2011



Out of Shadows- An Amazingly Well Crafted Novel
Out of Shadows looks at a carefree boy, who gets in with the wrong crowd. His father had always taught him about racism, but can you stay cool- or safe, if your with a African? No. Soon this young boy betrays his first friend, Nelson, and ends up doing things he will soon regret. I really enjoyed this book, more than I can put into words. Although some of the language made me wince, it really made me realise how bad things actually were. Following the young group of boys through the years, I felt like I had some kind of a connection with the well developed characters. A marvellous book, I would advise anybody to read it! Nelson was my favourite character because in some ways I suppose I felt sorry for him. He didn't want to hurt anybody, but some how it always found him. Robert Jacklin was the main character and I could see that as time went by- he slowly transformed, hating blacks more and more as he hanged around with Ivan. Ivan and his 'gang', Pitters and Clompie, were an evil bunch. They prayed on kids that were different- by race or by personality. Discriminating people right, left and centre. Robert didn't want to join in, but friends were more important. Amazing characters, a amazing plot and a amazing style of writing. I would advise this book for anyone and I'm glad I read it! 5/5
Posted on: 10 Jun 2011



White Crow Is Also In Contention
White Crow is written in two different centuries. One about a girl in modern times called Rebecca who moves from the city to a tiny village in the middle of nowhere called Winterfold. Despite its name Winterfold is extremely hot the majority of the time. And the other about a man who lives in Winterfold in the 1500’s who becomes friends with a Doctor from Paris who has moved in to the Hall in Winterfold. Rebecca meets a girl called Ferelith who becomes obsessed by the question of ‘is there life after death?’ because her mother hung herself. They become best friends and Rebecca begins to wonder if Ferelith is ‘normal’ or not. The man in the 1500’s becomes friends with a French Doctor who has just moved into the ‘Hall’ at Winderfold. They are both ‘religious’ and become fascinated by the question ‘is there life after death?’. They take this to new extremes as they devise a strange piece of apparatus to ‘summon the spirits’. I particularly like the character ‘Ferelith’ as I think she is very misunderstood and has more to her than meets the eye. I think she is a strong willed character and will really do anything to prove something that she strongly believes in. Deep down I think she is just like any other girl; she gets upset, she has feelings; she wants to have friends, but she has not been accepted into society. I think that she is an exceptional character and shows amazing imagination from the author. I admire the originality of ‘Ferelith’. My least favourite character is the man who writes the diary in the 1500’s. I think he is a heartless brutal man who has the complete wrong view on life. Although I do not like the characters personality that doesn’t mean he isn’t a good character to have in a book. I would definitely recommend this book to any teenage reader. It is a definite contender for the Carnegie Medal award.
Posted on: 27 May 2011



Monsters Of Men Is A Clear Favourite
Patrick Ness' Monsters of Men is a favourite within our group. Followed by White Crow and Out of The Shadows. Callums review on Monsters of Men - "An amazing story with a gripping plot. I just couldn't stop turning the pages. Although I hadn't read the first two books in the series - I immidiately understood everything and was latched! Amazing, characters and ideas. I actually thought i was there fighting among the main characters! When it came to sides, god!, I couldn't decide. With all and everyones opinions i didn't know who was my favourite. But one thing for sure was i adored the book 5/5."
Posted on: 26 May 2011



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